Kingmaker Megaways slot review (Big Time Gaming)
They sure took their time, but at last Big Time Gaming has released a new Megaways slot: Kingmaker Megaways
The Australian game maker, Big Time Gaming, is the inventor of some hugely successful Megaways slots.
We had to wait, yet again, quite some time for a new release.
In their case, making exclusive high-quality games seems to pay off – yielding sky-high profits. Besides their collection of Megaways slots, their issued Megaways slot licenses have also proven to be an incredible money machine.
Now, let’s tell you more about Kingmaker Megaways. Kingmaker has a medieval theme, as you can see by the beautiful castle and mountains in the background and the flags and family weapons active in the game.
What makes this game different from others is the different multipliers set up. Here, you build up your multiplier during the primary game instead of during the free spins bonus, which is the more conventional method.
With Kingmaker, you build up the free spins multiplier in the base game
When you play the primary game and make 5-of-a-kind combinations of the four highest symbols (the purple, red, blue and red gems), the corresponding multiplier is increased by +1.
This process continues until you win the free spin bonus.
As soon as you win the free spins bonus, all multipliers are added together, and that’s the starting multiplier.
This system, where you are building up the multiplier, has several advantages as well as disadvantages.
The big advantage is that the longer the primary game lasts, the higher the multiplier becomes and the more you can win during the free spins.
A disadvantage is that you are forced to continue playing until you have won the free spins bonus. If you don’t, you have built up the multiplier for nothing. You are “investing” during your base game spins, and it would be foolish not to get your investment paid out, which you can only do when you get the free spins.
Another disadvantage is that after you have finally made it (and hopefully bagged a massive prize) from the bonus feature, you have to start from scratch again and start building up again. That can become becoming pretty boring at some stage.
Kingmaker Megaways gameplay and features
Kingmaker Megaways has 5 reels and a maximum of 16,807 Megaways.
You can bet from $€0.20 per spin up to a maximum of $€20 per spin.
Be careful when you change your bet: as soon as you do this, you play with new multipliers. Only when you reset your stake to your old bet level, will the saved multipliers pop up again.
Variance and payout percentage of Kingmaker Megaways
The way the game is set up (building up a multiplier) makes the game very volatile. You can expect to get massive prizes, especially if you have managed to get a high multiplier.
The variance is, as with most Megaways slots, very high. It is possible to win more than 10,000 x the bet.
The theoretical payout percentage (theoretical RTP) is outstanding: 96.65%.
We need to warn you, though. This RTP includes all the bonus rounds that are played.
So, if you leave the game before you have used up the multiplier you have built up, you will never see that investment back. Make sure you have enough balance before playing this slot and don’t play with high bets.
Otherwise, you might have lost it before the game has even started!
Symbols and payouts – the four gems are the most important symbols
The most important symbols are the wilds and the gems. The wilds provide additional winning combinations, and the gems are the premium symbols.
For each 5-of-a-kind with a gem, the corresponding multiplier on the left of the flags is increased by +1.
The purple gem is worth the most: 10 x the total bet when you get 5 of those. The other gems (green, blue and red) pay between 0.5 x and 0.7 x the bet at 5-of-a-kind.
The card symbols’ payouts only become interesting during the free spins bonus, which is where the additional multipliers apply.
Free Spins Bonus – time for your multiplier to come into play
With 3, 4 or 5 scattered crowns you finally win the desired free spins bonus. Depending on the number of scatters, you win 7, 12 or 20 free spins.
During the free spins the following boosters apply:
• All 16,807 Megaways are active
• You start with the multiplier that you saved up
• You can retrigger the free spins
• Each 5-of-a-kind with a gem increases the multiplier by +1
Add all this up, and you’ll understand that this bonus feature can generate monstrous payouts.
Our verdict on Kingmaker Megaways
With Kingmaker Megaways, Big Time Gaming has released another Megaways slot, with some few unique features.
The way you have to build up bonus multipliers, may not appeal to everyone, but no one can deny that it has enormous potential to land some massive prizes.
The idea that you need to “work” for a great win can be very appealing for those who believe in hard work. Success does not come by itself!
We are a fan.
4 out of 5 stars.
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